Manufacturers are facing a number of challenges, but perhaps the biggest of them all is the implementation of automated material handling solutions. SICK, Inc. has the answer to this problem with a system-solution approach.
There are many factors to consider when deciding on a vision system in your automation system. Three of the biggest are hardware, lighting, and lenses.
Instrumental is attacking the 20 to 35 cents of every $1 spent in manufacturing that is wasted. That waste comes from literal scrap at the various factories in the process, returns, mistakes, extra experimentation, travel, and engineering time that wasn't used efficiently..
The productivity benefits of Autonomous Machine Vision
Manufacturers can now finally benefit from powerful visual QA systems with no downtime, very short implementation lead times, rapid diagnostics and far less testing, training and spare parts.
Handheld barcode scanners are essential whenever specific products, clinical samples or work-in-progress (WIP) parts need to be reliably tracked without the luxury of a fully automated system.
Depending on how long a part or product needs to remain traceable, the relative permanence of various marking methods could be a game-changer. In the aerospace industry, for instance, parts could be in use for as long as 30 years.
As the plant floor has become more digitally connected, the relationship between robots and machine vision has merged into a single, seamless platform, setting the stage for a new generation of more responsive vision-driven robotic systems.
"The startups that have made it to the final competition are indicative of the levels of innovation in the machine vision and imaging industries," according to Jeff Burnstein, President, AIA. "I don't envy the job in front of our judges having to select only one winner."
White Paper - An Introduction To Machine Vision Toolkit
An efficient manufacturer must get products in and out of a cell quickly and reliably. Vision systems paired with robotic operations can put an operation at a competitive advantage by providing opportunities to make more and streamline the process
Will Knight for MIT Technology Review: Perceiving dynamic actions could be a huge advance in how software makes sense of the world.
With VisualApplets providing SICK with a wide range of new possibilities for application solutions, SICK's customer requirements can be adapted to their systems for a wider gamut of image processing applications.
Remi El-Ouazzane for Intel: The First Vision Processing Unit with a Dedicated Neural Compute Engine will Give Devices the Ability to See, Understand and Interact with the World Around Them in Real Time
Steven Levy for Wired: Google Glass 2.0 is here, and it's found a home in an unexpected place: Factories.
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